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|This is Slater's third win on the year, putting him in position to potentially earn his tenth world title at the Rip Curl Search in Puerto Rico next month. Even if he doesn't, he'd practically have to get hit by a truck to not lock it down in Hawaii.|
It was the dream final today at the Rip Curl Pro in Portugal as the two remaining world title contenders battled it out in consistent four- to five-foot Supertubos. Kelly Slater vs. Jordy Smith, world title on the line, hype beyond compare, in other words, a promoter's dream.
For Kelly the win was one step closer to ten titles in the tenth month in the year 2010. The man loves the number games, and enjoys the synchronicity of this whole run. He holds virtually every record know to man, well that's an exaggeration, but he does hold virtually every record in pro surfing, and over the past few years it's all been about the numbers; the number of contest wins, the number of heat wins, or winning events that he hasn't won before. Today's Rip Curl Pro trophy was a stylized Portuguese navigator's compass. The early sailors used one to discover the new world navigating by the stars, and it seems somehow significant to the way all the numbers are falling into place for Kelly.Read More »